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Superintendent's District Update - December 2019


Superintendent's District Update January 15, 2020

Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively



The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on January 13, 2020. Here are the highlights of the meeting.


Reorganization of the Board of Education – Kevin Scheitel was elected as the President of the Board of Education for 2020 and John Martin was elected the Vice President. Upon election, President Scheitel made the 2020 committee appointments and approved the necessary designations.


Falls City High School Band Performs at the Valero Alamo Bowl Halftime – Mr. John Furrow, FCPS band director, provided information on the recent band trip to San Antonio, where our high school marching band performed with some of the best high school bands, dance and cheer groups from across the country and performed in front of the 60,000+ Valero Alamo Bowl crowd. The Falls City High drum line received a “Best in Class” and the band received a “Superior” rating at the event.


Construction underway on new press box at Jug Brown Stadium – Thanks to a generous donation from the family of Dr. Larry Stednitz of $20,000 to the Falls City Public Schools to assist in the construction of a new press box at Jug Brown Stadium, the new single-level structure is quickly taking shape. Murphy Construction began the demolition of the old press box and started new construction in early January. In addition to the Larry Stednitz family donation, multiple other organizations and individuals have stepped forward with monetary donations to help support a new sound system, electrical requirements and new furnishings.  Donations continue to be accepted to fund the new pressbox.


The 2020 session of the Nebraska Unicameral began last week. This will be a shorter 60-day session, but much could take place affecting education in Nebraska. At the forefront of our attention will be possible changes in school funding. Of course, the goal of any such move would be to create the possibility for property tax relief. Another point of emphasis will be LB 147, Sen. Groene's Student Discipline Bill.


The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.


1.     Approved board policy reviews on final readings 1) Policy 8110 School Calendar / Instructional Time; 2) Policy 8212 Multicultural Education. 

2.     Approved the Master Teacher Contract for school year 2020-2021.

3.     Approved the continuation of the superintendent’s employment contract through June 30, 2022.


The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for February 10, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. in the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. Regular and special meeting agendas are kept in the Office of the Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively.


Falls City Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status or economic status in its programs, activities and employment.